Absentee Voting

Qualifications
You can vote absentee in Virginia if you are a registered voter and will be absent on Election Day. Click here to read the absentee ballot, which lists permitted conditions for which you may vote absentee.

Apply for a Ballot
Call, write, or stop by any voter registrar's office in Virginia and ask for an absentee ballot application, or download the form (PDF).

You can apply as early as one year before an election. If you apply by mail or fax, the Registrar must receive your application by the Tuesday before the election. If you apply in person at the Registrar's office, you must complete your application and ballot by 5 p.m. on the Saturday before the election.

Voting Absentee

You will receive instructions with the ballot. Vote the ballot as soon as you receive it and put it in the envelope provided. You may deliver it in person or mail it. Should you choose to deliver the ballot, it must be delivered by the individual it was issued to as no other person can deliver the ballot for you. The Electoral Board must receive your ballot at Room 109 in the Municipal North Building by 7 p.m. on election day.

Instructions for Hospitalized Individuals
Any person registered and otherwise qualified to vote who becomes incapacitated on or after the seventh day preceding an election may request at any time prior to 2 p.m. on the day preceding an election that an emergency absentee ballot application be delivered to them.

Qualified Individuals
  • A voter who becomes hospitalized on or after the 14th day preceding an election and who is unable, because of his/her condition, to request an absentee ballot earlier than the seventh day preceding the election may request at any time prior to 2 p.m. on the day before an election that an emergency absentee ballot be delivered to them in the hospital.
  • A voter who becomes incapacitated on or after the seventh day preceding an election may request at any time prior to 2 p.m. on the day preceding the election.
  • A voter who becomes hospitalized on or after 14 days before an election and whose condition prevents them from requesting an application sooner than the Tuesday before the election.
Contacting the Registrar's Office
Call your voter Registrar before 2 p.m. on the day before the election. Ask for an emergency absentee ballot application. You will need someone age 18 or older to pick up the application for you and return it completed.